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February 2004Vol. 5, No. 1State Strategies for Permanency Planning

The Fall 2003 issue of Permanency Planning Today highlights State strategies to address permanency planning for children in the child welfare system.

The issue's lead article, "Achieving Permanence for Children in the Child Welfare System," notes permanency has been a significant focus of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews. Programs being implemented in Georgia, South Dakota, Mississippi, Vermont, Connecticut, Arizona, and California to address this concern are described. Highlights include:

  • In South Dakota, poor retention of foster families is being addressed through a system to better track foster family stressors and provide timely crisis intervention to prevent placement disruption.
  • Arizona is raising the standard for availability, quality, and visibility of respite care for foster care providers through its Community Respite Care Network.
  • California's Kinship Support Services Program provides community-based family support services to relative caregivers and dependent children who have been placed in their homes or who are at risk of dependency or delinquency. The program also provides post-permanency services to relative caregivers who become legal guardians or adoptive parents of formerly dependent children.

Other articles in this issue include:

  • Foster Families Working with Birth Families to Help Move Children to Timely Permanency
  • Lighting the Fire of Urgency: Families Lost & Found in America's Child Welfare System
  • Permanency Hearings: Strategies to Achieve Permanence
  • Nontraditional Recruitment for Teens and Preteens

Permanency Planning Today is published semiannually by the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning. It can be found on their website at